GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation wants to hear how the public thinks the intersection of Interstate 79 and state Route 208 in Springfield Township can be improved.
The intersection is the main route to the Prime Outlet factory shops complex on Route 208 and becomes a major traffic snarl during periods of heavy shopping.
Local authorities have been asking the state to improve the intersection for years, and PennDOT is ready to put the project on the drawing board.
Input wanted: The agency, however, first wants to hear how people in the area think the intersection should be changed, said Deborah Schreckengost, community relations coordinator for PennDOT's district office in Oil City.
The agency will have a public meeting on the project from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Springfield Fire Hall at 404 Old Ash Road.
The project needs to decrease congestion on Route 208, improve the efficiency of travel for motorists on Route 208, improve the characteristics of the I-79 exit ramps and improve Route 208 intersections at nearby Irishtown and Blacktown roads, she said.
Dean Collins, project manager for PennDOT, said widening or replacing the bridge that carries Route 208 over I-79 is one possibility being examined, but the state has no plans finalized at this point.